Linda Twala calls himself a son of Alexandra, the township north of Joburg. If he liked, he could as well call himself its groom, chief town crier and local Samaritan.
Born in Alexandra in 1944, Twala, a funeral services businessman, has spent all his adult life in service to the people. He has helped save a local crèche and ultimately resisted the apartheid regime’s attempts to obliterate Alexandra from the map.
He has used his contacts to help build a community centre that boasts best facilities.
During the apartheid days, his home was used as a meeting place for anti-state organisations as much as it was a haven for any in need of respite. For his efforts, the apartheid regime saw fit to torch his house.
When communities aligned to both the ANC and the IFP declared war on each other, Twala refused to be partisan and continued providing a helping hand to the needy without care for their political tastes.
An entrepreneur for most of his life, Twala readily acknowledges that his peers in business have gone on to amass great wealth, but for him, the joy comes from giving not just his money but his time and contact base for the enrichment of community life.